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st Paul, MN
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Posted on 06/09/14 at 02:16 pm in response to Examining the costs of hosting the Super Bowl

Is the NFL really taking all of the revenue from ticket sales?
Say it isn't so.

Posted on 06/03/14 at 07:37 pm in response to With new carbon rules, it's time to focus on renewable energy

With its overall 90%+ capacity factor, nuclear is the most reliable power source in the world. Wind(30%) and solar(15%) are the least reliable. Imagine a quiet night when we depend on wind and solar: traffic lights stop, hospitals and factories go dark, people living in high rise buildings walk 30 flights of stairs to their units, etc.

Posted on 06/17/14 at 08:44 am in response to With new carbon rules, it's time to focus on renewable energy

At about 1% of our total energy, wind and solar have not exactly created a new energy world. Unless we want to live in caves and use our feet and bicycles to get around.
Nuclear energy is there when you need it, at lower cost than wind and solar.

Brian Melendez was first class in every way.

Posted on 06/02/14 at 09:29 am in response to U.S. should reconsider nuclear power

The SO2 cap and trade plan worked because there are limestone scrubbers that can remove the SO2.
There is no effective and economic way to separate and sequester the CO2, which is why there is no large base load power plant doing it.

Posted on 06/02/14 at 01:18 pm in response to U.S. should reconsider nuclear power

Please address the substance of my comments rather than baseless cheap shots on my competence. Actually I haven't had that much material in MinnPost compared to the Twin Cities Dailies.
I support the major study which suggests Minnesota's granite as an appropriate site to replace Yucca Mountain. It will be particularly effective if we replicate the French reprocessing facility at La Hague.
And insuring our 100+ nuclear plants hasn't cost the government anything as there have...

Posted on 06/02/14 at 01:33 pm in response to U.S. should reconsider nuclear power

US electric demand has been stable at about 3800 billion kwh since 2004. Transportation fuel demand is also stable to slightly down. This is the result of high fuel prices and resulting conservation efforts in transportation, building efficiency, etc. That energy demand stability is also evident in other OECD countries. This is not true in the developing world, especially in China, Indonesia, India, etc. where demand continues upward.
Fossil fuels and the binding energy in the...

Posted on 06/02/14 at 01:48 pm in response to U.S. should reconsider nuclear power

Our 102 nuclear reactors have operated safely for decades. 3 Mile Island made a billion dollar mess of the central reactor, but nobody was injured. Short of avoiding the San Andreas Fault you could put a new reactor any place there is enough water.
Dept of energy is actually supporting the new small modular reactors. Several private groups are doing the same including one which includes Bill Gates. Those units are essentially commercial versions of the 50-100MW units that are on our...

Posted on 06/02/14 at 04:47 pm in response to U.S. should reconsider nuclear power

Paul is right on here.

Posted on 06/03/14 at 12:42 pm in response to U.S. should reconsider nuclear power

A 20 year OSHA survey rated nuclear power the safest of all US industrial activity.